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  • "If you look at the situation of the economic crisis it was always more political than financial. We need to simplify the decision-making process because at the moment it is far too complicated," Jose Maria Aznar, former Prime Minister of Spain, told CNBC.

  • IMF and Euro Zone Clash Over Estimates Thursday, 1 Sep 2011 | 12:32 AM ET
    European Central Bank

    International Monetary Fund staff have provoked a fierce dispute with eurozone authorities by circulating estimates showing serious damage to European banks’ balance sheets from their holdings of troubled eurozone sovereign debt. the FT reports.

  • In this handout photo provided by the IMF, Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn makes his statement at the International Monetary and Financial Committee (IMFC) Press Conference during the 2011 IMF/World Bank Spring Meetings at IMF's Headquarters April 16, 2011, in Washington, D.C. The IMF/World Bank Meetings being held this week which will host Finance Ministers and Bank Governors from 187 countries.

    Former IMF cheif Dominique Strauss-Kahn was greeted with applause during his visit to the headquarters of the International Monetary Fund in Washington D.C. on Monday.

  • Inflation Could Become a Problem in 2013 Tuesday, 30 Aug 2011 | 11:30 AM ET
    Inflation Could Become a Problem in 2013

    "Inflation fears at the start of the year were always something I was skeptical about and which I always thought were overdone," Bob Parker, senior advisor at Credit Suisse, told CNBC. However, he added he was concerned that inflation could become an issue in 2013.

  • Lagarde Warns European Banks Monday, 29 Aug 2011 | 1:19 PM ET
    Lagarde Warns European Banks

    The IMF director is calling for mandatory recapitalization at some Euro banks. Debating whether it is necessary and what it means for the debt crisis in Europe, with Frank Holmes, U.S. Global Investors CEO, and Erik Davidson, Wells Fargo Private Bank.

  • When Will Greece Say 'Enough Is Enough'? Monday, 29 Aug 2011 | 2:03 AM ET
    The Parthenon in Greece

    EU leaders yesterday rounded on the new Head of the IMF calling her comments on Europe 'misguided'. Christine Lagarde's assessment is certainly stark. The former French Finance Minister argues economies are now in a 'new dangerous' phase' that requires Europe's banks be forced to recapitalize in order to cut the 'chain of contagion'.

  • European Officials Round on Lagarde Sunday, 28 Aug 2011 | 5:35 PM ET
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    European officials rounded on Christine Lagarde on Sunday, accusing the managing director of the International Monetary Fund of making a “confused” and “misguided” attack on the health of Europe’s banks, the FT reports.

  • Trichet Gives Master Class in Saying Nothing Sunday, 28 Aug 2011 | 7:56 AM ET
    Jean-Claude Trichet

    In Jackson Hole Wyoming on Saturday Jean-Claude Trichet, the president of the European Central Bank was due to give a speech to a meeting of policy makers hosted by the Federal Reserve. As he prepared to speak the euro zone faced huge problems.

  • EU Working on ‘Radical’ Plan for Banks: Report Sunday, 28 Aug 2011 | 7:09 AM ET
    Jean-Claude Trichet

    Following weeks of heavy losses for banking stocks across Europe, the Sunday Times in the UK reported Sunday that European officials are working on a "radical plan" to prevent a fresh pan-European credit crunch.

  • No Global Recession but Risks Rising: IMF's Lipsky Friday, 26 Aug 2011 | 6:36 PM ET

    The IMF does not expect a coming global recession but risks have increased, an official from the organization said on CNBC Friday.

  • Lipsky Falks Fiscal Policy Friday, 26 Aug 2011 | 4:22 PM ET
    Lipsky Falks Fiscal Policy

    John Lipsky, IMF first deputy managing director, evaluates the chances of a recession, with CNBC's Steve Liesman.

  • Fears Over Greek Bailout Re-Emerge Thursday, 25 Aug 2011 | 11:10 AM ET
    Fears Over Greek Bailout Re-Emerge

    Chris Wheeler, bank analyst at Mediobanca joined CNBC to discuss the latest news on the European markets and what would happen if the Greek bailout fails.

  • Forget Ben, the Big Draw May Be the IMF's Lagarde Wednesday, 24 Aug 2011 | 1:29 PM ET
    French finance minister Christine Lagarde is seen as a front-runner to succeed Strauss-Kahn.

    While markets are hyper-focused on the Friday speech at Jackson Hole by Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke, they are overlooking what could be an equally important Saturday appearance by IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde.

  • DSK: Prosecutors Want Charges Dismissed Monday, 22 Aug 2011 | 4:06 PM ET
    DSK: Prosecutors Want Charges Dismissed

    Prosecutors in New York have asked a judge to dismiss sexual assault charges against former IMF chief, Dominique Strauss-Kahn. CNBC's Kayla Tausche has the details.

  • Strauss-Kahn Case May Be Dropped This Week Monday, 22 Aug 2011 | 6:58 AM ET
    IMF Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn

    Charges against former head of the International Monetary Fund Dominique Strauss-Kahn may be dropped altogether this week in New York.

  • Spain to Unveil More Austerity Moves Friday, 19 Aug 2011 | 6:04 AM ET
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    Spain will announce further austerity measures on Friday in a bid to fend off debt market attacks but avoid the kind of drastic cuts that could damage the ruling Socialists' chances in November's general election.

  • Blog: Why EU’s 'Euro Bond' Solution Won’t Work Friday, 19 Aug 2011 | 5:43 AM ET
    European Central Bank

    The “Euro bond” solution to the euro zone’s sovereign debt problems appears to be an idea whose time has come, Moorad Choudhry writes.

  • Leaked 'Rape' Report Sparks New Strauss-Kahn Furor Wednesday, 17 Aug 2011 | 3:56 AM ET
    International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn appears in federal court May 16, 2011 in New York City.

    Opposing lawyers disputed the meaning of a medical report that said "rape" caused injuries sustained by the woman who has accused former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn of sexual assault.

  • Lack of Clarity Fueling Euro Debt Crisis Friday, 12 Aug 2011 | 4:30 PM ET
    Lack of Clarity Fueling Euro Debt Crisis

    "The problems in the European markets are based on a lack of clarity and a lack of a long term solution," Gemma Godfrey, head of research at Credo Capital told CNBC. "Things are getting a lot worse......the ECB is using debt to solve a problem of debt," she added.

  • Short-Selling Ban Will Not Deter Bears: Analysts Friday, 12 Aug 2011 | 2:05 AM ET
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    A 15-day short selling ban , which will be implemented on Friday morning across several European countries, has attracted opprobrium from market participants, who see the restrictions as a superficial move that will do little to solve the underlying problems of the euro zone and stop  market turbulence.